Navroz F. Saju. Esq
Navroz Saju is the CEO/President of HDG Hotels. Navroz obtained his undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Florida and his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. Navroz’s hotel career started in January 1994 when he assumed control of the then independent Traveler’s Choice, which had been ravaged by a tornado in March 1993. He rebranded the hotel, renovated the hotel through the hotel’s cash flow and increased the hotel’s revenues by 4 times within 7 years while also reducing the hotel’s long term debt. Navroz is a CHA and currently sits on the Wyndham Worldwide operations committee and is a co-chair of the Wyndham Worldwide green committee. HDG hotels is presently the largest hotel development and management group in North Central Florida.
Azim F. Saju, Esq.
Azim Saju is the Vice President and General Counsel for HDG Hotels. HDG Hotels is a hotel management and development company which owns and operates 9 hotels, including 5 Choice brands, 1 Hampton brand, 2 Holiday Inn brands and 1 Wyndham brand, throughout Central and North Central Florida. HDG has a strong culture which focuses on hotel operations and on consistent brilliance in executing on the basics. This culture places strong emphasis on team building, coaching, motivating, leadership, training and retraining.
Prior to joining HDG Hotels, Azim Saju practiced law as a trial lawyer for over 9 years. He is a member of the Florida Bar and Federal Bar. As part of his practice, Azim primarily practiced in the areas of employment law and civil rights cases. Academically, Azim holds an economics degree from Davidson College and a law degree from the University of Florida. While at the University of Florida College of Law, Azim’s notable achievement was serving as Editor-in-Chief of the Florida Journal of International Law.
Azim has been a member of the Choice Hotels Owners’ Council (CHOC) for four years. In this capacity, he has served as the Director of the Florida Region and also served in the capacity of Treasurer as an Executive Committee member of CHOC. Azim is currently the Chairperson of the Choice Hotels Owners Council.
Most recently, Choice Hotels International recognized Azim’s achievement and strong track record in the hospitality industry by awarding him its Premier Alliance Award. In addition, the Marion County Chamber of Commerce awarded HDG hotels its Business of the Year Award.
Jerry Lewicki, CPA
Jerry Lewicki, CPA joined Hotel Development and Management Group, LLC in July of 2007 and serves as the company’s financial controller. Jerry is responsible for overseeing the overall financial administration and accounting operations of the company. As financial controller he establishes, implements, and evaluates accounting principles as they relate to the company. He is also responsible for tax planning and compliance with state and federal tax laws, including maintaining and establishing relationships with lending institutions.
Jerry brings over 10 years of public accounting experience in various industries including hospitality, real estate development, and construction. Prior to joining the HDG Hotels team Jerry worked for one of Central Florida’s largest local CPA firms servicing clients throughout Florida in various industries. In addition, he has been self-employed and has owned and operated various other business.
Jerry holds Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Central Connecticut State University. Jerry is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the AICPA (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants) and FICPA (Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants).
Raymond Manaois, Chief Strategy Officer, joined HDG Hotels, LLC in May 2007. Mr. Manaois is mainly responsible for the company’s Information Technology needs, Marketing, Sales and Operational strategies. When not pre-occupied with analyzing data and transforming them into useful statistical information, Mr. Manaois spends most of his time developing strategies based on these analyses to drive organizational and operational changes. Mr. Manaois is also responsible for opening new properties – from procuring materials and supplies, developing business and marketing plans, staff and admin training, and quality and standards compliance.
Prior to joining HDG Hotels, Mr. Manaois worked as an Instructor at the University of the Philippines, Department of Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management and at the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde where he handled courses in Information Technology, Cost Control and Analysis, and Rooms Division Management. Mr. Manaois attributes his extensive knowledge and skills in hospitality management from his first job at the prestigious Mandarin Oriental Hotel Manila where he worked as an Assistant IT Manager directly right after college.
Mr. Raymond Manaois holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration major in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the University of the Philippines.
Nurjehan Saju made her debut in the hospitality industry in July of 1981 when she took over the general management of the then dilapidated Econo Lodge of Ocala (the present Howard Johnson Inn at the Intersection of I 75 and State Road 27). This project is her first success story as she turned around the motel’s occupancy within four years from being in the thirties to being in the seventies to eighties percentile. After that she worked at a couple of other motels (Red Carpet Inn in Wildwood and Howard Johnson Inn in Cocoa). Each of these two motels improved significantly under her management.
In 1996, Nurjehan entered the academic world to broaden her knowledge base and refine her language and communication skills. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and her Masters Degree from the Harvard University in Boston. She obtained each of these degrees with honors. After that, she did five years of post-graduate studies at the Emory University in Atlanta.
This year, Nurjehan made a comeback in the Hospitality Industry as she joined the HDG Hotels Group. She supervises overall performance of all the seven motels by monitoring their everyday performance and revenue reports; she monitors financial activities of all seven motels based on their daily transactional activities at the banks and periodically she conducts motivation and leadership training classes with the hotels’ administrative and management team. Nurjehan’s hands-on experience, her formal education and her wisdom gleaned over the years are useful tools that make her effective in her leadership role with the HDG hotels.
HDG Hotels Corporate Office Team
|Shaida Saju, Office Manager||Lisa Hall, Bookkeeper||Becky Schaff, Hotel Performance|
|Brian Riley, Bookkeeper||Gabriela Seratt, Bookkeeper||Timothy Williams, Human Resources|
Howard Johnson Inn – Ocala
|Caren Mills, Team Leader||Mark Bass, Team Leader||Cedric Trueluck, Team Leader|
Sleep Inn & Suites – Ocala
|Donna Arthur, GM||Margaret Coffin, Assistant GM|
Sleep Inn & Suites – Wildwood
|Debbie Sigler, GM|
Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Silver Springs
|Hollie Zumr, GM||Helen Casey, GM|
Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Inverness
|Judy Harris, GM||Danielle David, Team Leader||Karlene Feliciano, Team Leader|
Hampton Inn – Leesburg
|Robert Coufal, GM||Dennis Mathern, Team Leader||Monique Badalucca, Team Leader|
Quality Inn Kennedy Space Center
|Jackie Lambert, GM||Robyn Morningstar, Asst. GM||Donna Arthur, Team Leader|
Quality Inn – New Port Richey
|Judy Sutton, GM|
Quality Inn – Hernando
|Sarah Aube, GM||Alicia Yeager, Team Leader|